This summer, Everton have undergone a transformation from top to bottom, with a new manager, director of football, and even CEO coming in. Marcel Brands, the director himself, has stated explicitly he would like to reshape the squad this summer, and with 38 players on the roster, the blues are most likely looking to sell before they buy. This article will look at the 5 players Everton need to sell off the most, and why their being sold will be beneficial to the club’s future.
#1: Ashley Williams
The glaring, painstakingly obvious selection for number one here is no other than Ashley Williams. His last season at Everton was miserable, often times looking like he neither cared nor possessed the passion for the game. His 24 appearances for the club in the Premier League this season were dire, and on top of this, the former Swansea captain seems well past his prime, and at 33 will only continue to decline. After his red card late in the season, he was not included in the teamsheets for the rest of the year, even when his suspension was over. With a hefty 70 thousand pounds a week in wages, a move looks more than likely as rumors circulate that Stoke are playing up a bid for the Welshman.
#2: Morgan Schneiderlin
The second player on this list shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has watched Everton the last season. After a year where morgan and Idrissa Gueye teamed up marvelously in the midfield, Schneiderlin turned around and gave a season that, in 30 appearances for the club, lacked both passion and integrity for the club. It seemed he had little respect for the club, and the fans returned the favor by booing him mercilessly. As Everton’s highest paid player at 120 thousand pounds a week, and a widely known link to Marsielle, the talented midfielder will mostly likely be out the door sooner rather than later.
#3: Kevin Mirallas
Everton have a problem, a Kevin Mirallas problem, one that even the most skilled exterminator would not be able to solve. After penning the winger to a new contract just last summer, Everton have been left with their pants around their ankles. In his single digit appearances for the blues this year, Mirallas contributed little to nothing on the field, and seemed to be a cancer inside the team. Olympiacos, the side from which Everton bought the Belgian winger from in 2012 for 8 million pounds, took Mirallas out on loan looking to restart his career, but eventually terminated the loan early after the winger under performed horribly. The blues have had a horrible time trying to off load Kevin and his brutal contract, but will be shopping him heavily in the transfer window.
#4: Yannick Bolasie
It is hard not to feel for Yannick Bolasie, the very talented Congolese winger Everton bought from Crystal Palace for around 30 million pounds in 2016. After suffering a brutal acl injury last season, Bolasie has not looked the same running down the wings for the blues. He has looked clumsy on the ball, has lacked pace and strength, and his finishing and crossing have been nothing short of dreadful since his return in January. On 70 thousand pounds a week, and interest being drawn from the likes of West Han among others, Bolasie will likely be trying to jumpstart his career elsewhere next season.
#5: Davy Klaassen
Klaassen’s inclusion on this list will more than likley draw more ire than anyone else, but he, like everyone else, is listed for good reason. Under 3 different managers: Koeman, Unsworth, and Allardyce, Klaassen was considered not good enough to crack the Everton 11. He looked lethargic on the ball and played poor passes more often than he played good ones. The former Ajax captain still holds value however, and it is no secret Besiktas are in heavily for his services. At 70 thousand pounds a week, Everton could free up that money and put it towards Besiktas’s own player Demigoj Vida, a defender that Everton just threw a 13 million pounds bid at. While Davy’s Everton future is still in the air, a sale now could be the right move, especially to clinch a crucial defensive piece.
An overhaul this summer could mean a squad that looks a lot different come next season, who would you like to be sold? Drop it in the comments below, and keep it locked to The Toffee Blues for more content on Everton’s summer transfer window.
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